The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is held at Epcot in Orlando, Florida, every spring. Epcot is one of the four amusement parks that make up the Walt Disney World Resort. In addition to the normal rides and attractions at this park, Epcot also holds several themed festivals throughout the year. The International Flower and Garden Festival is the longest-running of Epcot’s festivals, dating to 1994.
During this festival, visitors to the park can expect to find blooming-bed flower displays around every corner, including themed gardens in many of the global areas at Epcot. The festival is also educational, giving guests many ways to learn about sustainability and the natural world.
Among the must-see elements of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival are the character topiary displays. Guests can see carefully crafted topiaries of famous Disney characters such as Elsa and Anna from Frozen, Buzz Lightyear, Snow White, and of course Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Each topiary scene is set against a backdrop of color-coordinated annual flowers. While the same topiaries return each year, there are usually a few new characters added for each festival.
Garden displays focus on the international aspect of Epcot as well as educating guests about nature. Global Gardens in past years have included a Bamboo Garden at the China Pavilion, Tropical Rainforest Garden and Extraordinary Orchids at the Mexico Pavilion, English Tea Garden at the United Kingdom Pavilion, and Alpine Miniature Garden at the Germany Pavilion. Other favorites are the floating gardens in Epcot’s Future World, where ponds and fountains are transformed with over 200 containers of miniature blooming gardens that appear to float on the surface of the water.
Flower quilts are displayed around Future World as well. These are colorful flower beds, planted with hundreds of blooms such as petunias, daisies, and geraniums, that create designs and pictures.
Both children and adults will enjoy a trip to the Goodness Garden Butterfly House. Located in Future World West, the Butterfly House is a huge temporary structure housing hundreds of butterflies and plenty of the plants that those butterflies like best. Aside from enjoying the sight of these colorful insects, visitors can also learn about butterfly habitats and life cycles. There is even the opportunity to watch a butterfly emerge from its chrysalis in one of their nurseries, if the timing is right.